Nearly two months after R. Kelly staged an unprofitable benefit concert for U.S. troops, he’s made good and donated $50,000 out of his own pocket.
The show’s designated beneficiary, the Texas Military Family Foundation, at first struggled to find out how much money, if any, was raised at the October 24 concert held in Belton, Texas. Proceeds were to be used to send care packages to soldiers in Iraq.
Once a promoter for the show said no money would be forthcoming, the singer’s reps promised to rectify the situation (see “Weeks After R. Kelly Benefit, Charity Wonders Where Money Is” ), and two days ago the check arrived.
“It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank Mr. Kelly for his contribution,” said Julie Curtis-Win, executive director of the foundation, “and I am sure that the troops and their families that we support would want us to thank Mr. Kelly on their behalf.”
Curtis-Win said she expects that the care packages will be assembled within the week and sent at the beginning of the new year.
For more on R. Kelly, check out the feature “R. Kelly: Teflon Superstar.”